Are Canary Islands Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

As a solo female traveler, you can visit Canary Islands with a sense of security. Like many places in Spain, it's generally considered safe with low crime rates. However, it's always a good idea to be mindful of your surroundings, especially during the evening in less crowded areas. Petty crimes like pickpocketing and bag snatching can occur, particularly in touristic spots. On the positive side, locals are generally helpful and respectful. Taking normal precautions should ensure a worry-free trip.

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How safe is Canary Islands?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

The Canary Islands generally boast a relatively low crime rate, making it quite safe for solo female travelers, even at night. However, certain areas, particularly nightlife districts, can become more active after dark. Always take normal safety precautions, such as staying in well-lit areas, being aware of your surroundings, and avoiding isolated areas. It’s also advisable to use a reputable taxi service if traveling longer distances at night.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in the Canary Islands, is generally safe and reliable. Buses and trams are the primary modes of transport and are often used by tourists and locals alike. Stations and vehicles are well-maintained, offering a secure and comfortable travel experience. However, as with any travel destination, it's advisable to stay alert and keep your belongings close to avoid petty theft during peak hours.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

In the Canary Islands, it is quite rare to experience street harassment. Women often report feeling safe while walking around even during late hours. As always, it's advisable to be aware of your surroundings and be vigilant, but Spanish citizens are generally respectful and unintrusive. However, instances can happen in any place worldwide, so keeping a level of cautiousness is advisable.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

The Canary Islands is generally considered safe for travelers. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing, purse snatching, and cell phone theft do occur, primarily in tourist-heavy areas and crowded places. But, taking standard security precautions could curb most of these risks.
Tap water:

Tap water:Safe

In the Canary Islands, the tap water is considered safe to drink from a public health perspective. However, as it's desalinated sea water, it doesn’t taste pleasant due to high mineral and salt content. Therefore, it's usually used for cleaning and washing, not drinking. To ensure hydration, it's recommended to buy bottled water.

Is Canary Islands safe to travel?

3.9 /5

Based on 3 experiences

Solo travel experience

All the Canary Islands are wonderful and very safe. I've been to all of them, I like Tenerife the most, and Gran Canaria the least. Beautiful weather all year round (sometimes very windy). El Medano and Golf Del Sur are my favorite places.

Posted: November 26, 2022
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Is Canary Islands safe right now?

Before your visit to Canary Islands, it's essential to check travel advisories for Spain, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises exercising increased caution in Spain due to terrorism and civil unrest. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 26, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Spain due to the threat of terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 4, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian Government advises to exercise normal safety precautions in Spain. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 18, 2024

Is Canary Islands worth visiting?

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3.5 /5

based on 3 experiences

Solo travel experience

I loved Tenerife and the volcanic park (where I spent the whole day hiking - I rented a car). La Laguna had a really nice historical part of town. I stayed at the H10 Gran Tinerife, which I liked because it was on the beach, it had 2 great swimming pools, and the buffets were excellent, and it was an easy walk to the nearby boat cruise in Puerto Colon.

Posted: December 1, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I was on Fuerteventura for 7 weeks. Incredible and beautiful! I love Cotillo. Accommodation is expensive and short term. A paradise for surfers. Food is cheap and delicious. I was also on La Gomera. Beautiful nature. Expensive. German atmosphere. I didn't stay.

Posted: November 19, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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My name is Sabina! I'm 20 years old and I'm from La Gomera, Canary Islands. I'm on Erasmus in Brussels and I would like to take the opportunity to visit the neighbouring countries and some more. I really enjoy travelling and meeting new people, I am very enthusiastic about getting to know new cultures and ways of living life. This year I would like to believe on a personal level and I think there is no better way than travelling and getting to know other women's stories.

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